Monday Afternoon

Jesse Dean is doing much better. I just talked with Majel. She said the doctor may remove the drain tomorrow and allow Jesse to come home. Then, he will begin therapy again.

Thanks for your continued prayers for Jesse, Majel, and the other family members as well as the medical staff caring for Jesse. Just to let you know how special Jesse is – The doctor said this was the first time in 10 years he has seen the problem Jesse developed last week!

$7,667.85 has already been received on the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering at FBC, Kentwood. Our goal is $13,000.

Monday – Update on Aaron Hill

Good Monday morning to everyone from PA. It has been a low-key 24 hours here at CHOP for Aaron. Even though we desire fast improvement, we will settle for slow steady improvement, too. Aaron has had a pretty good 24 hours. They have not yet taken him off the ventilator, but we anticipate he will be ready today. Yesterday, he was having some trouble breathing and the doctors (actually, a very smart nurse) noticed his chest tube drainage was suspiciously low. They checked the tubes and found clots on both sides that were preventing fluid from draining out of the space around his lungs. After his pleural space was drained, he felt SO much better and his heart rate and breathing became much more comfortable.

The plan as we understand it is to let Aaron rest and see how his heart and lungs do for the next couple of days–to get his body back to where it was before the assault of the heart cath. Then they will evaluate the need for another surgery to close the two holes that were left in his heart after his surgery. Please continue to pray that God will close the holes and alleviate the need for another surgery for our precious child.

Love to all.




“My voice You shall hear in the morning,

O Lord;

in the morning I will direct it to You,

and I will look up.”

~Psalm 5:3~

Family connection to Baby Aaron Hill explained by Frann Clark:

Marshall is not related to me.

Aaron is the grandson of my 1st cousin, Jerry Risher, who lives in Enterprise, MS. Jerry’s father and my mother were sister & brother.

Marshall’s parents were from Jackson, MS. Aaron’s mother and father, Faith and Scott, work in Jackson & live in Madison, MS. They were friends of Marshall’s parents, Jennifer & Jeremiah.

Thanks for asking & for your concern.

God Bless You

Burlon Ray McGehee

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Death, I will fear no evil.” Psalm 23:4. A native of Osyka, Miss., he went to be with his Lord at 9:49 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2008, at his residence in Walker. He was 76, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and retired from AT&T. Visitation at Revival Temple Church, Walker, on Tuesday, April 1, from 10 a.m. until memorial service at 1 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Wes Courtney and the Rev. Richard L. May. Burial in Revival Temple Cemetery. Survived by his wife of 37 years, Bobbye Abney McGehee; daughters and sons-in-law, Roxanne and Gary Nicholls, Wanda and Donald Giles and Rebecca and Chuck Wilkes; son and daughter-in-law, Ricki and Tami Rosenthal; sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Marty Sandifer; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Carolyn McGehee and Rodney and Cathy McGehee; stepmother, Betty Jean McGehee; granddaughters, Michelle Earle, Shasta Jones and husband Chad, Jennifer Rosenthal, Anna Aitken and husband Chris, and Kimberly O’Neal; grandsons, Chris Wilkes and wife Heather, Colbi Rosenthal and Brody Wilkes; and great-grandchildren, Presley and Isabelle Wilkes and Autumn Jowers. Preceded in death by his mother, Elma Milton McGehee; and father, Edward P. McGehee. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to their family, friends, Wes Courtney, pastor, and the Revival Temple Church family, Kaci Grimes, Joni and RIchard May, Dr. David West and Hospice in His Care for all the care and love they expressed. May God bless each one of you. Arrangements by Seale Funeral Service Inc., Denham Springs.

FBC Deacons for Hospital Visitation this week:

  • Bobby Raborn
  • Frankie Gehringer

I shared this devotional thought several years ago. Alan Smith sent it again, so I’m sharing it again. It reminds of a a wonderful concept of God.


The story is told of a water bearer in India who had two large pots. They hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck, but one of the pots had a crack in it. While the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water to his master’s house.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

“Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”

“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

In his compassion, the water bearer said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

It is an amazing thing (but true) that God is able to accomplish some wonderful things through our efforts, in spite of our imperfections. Paul said of his role as a preacher of the gospel:

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Cor. 4:7).

Though we may often feel inadequate and useless, if we will continue about the task that God has given us, we will produce fruit and influence lives in ways we may not even be aware of.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Cor. 15:58).

May your life “abound” this day in the work of the Lord! Though you may feel like a “cracked pot”, your efforts are not in vain.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

It’s a good think we don’t have to be perfect to be used in His service. I certainly wouldn’t qualify! Would you?

Anna Lee

Sunday – Marshall and Aaron

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

~ Psalm 23:4~

Today is a beautiful day in PA, but our hearts are very heavy. Aaron’s friend Marshall did not make it through his surgery last night. His little body just could not handle it anymore and today he is home in Heaven. There are no words to describe the grief we feel or even fathom the pain Jennifer and Jeremiah are going through today. Please pray for them and their family.

After the loss of Marshall, it is hard to report good news for our Aaron. He had a good night last night and they plan to take him off his ventilator today. His heart rate is down in the 130s this morning–lower than it has ever been, so we are pleased. He is still very swollen and sedated, but better. We are so thankful for all the prayers for healing for Aaron. We pray that God’s will and our desires for closing the residual holes in Aaron’s heart are one in the same. He is a mighty God and He could close these VSDs with a touch of His hand.

Sunday – Update on Jesse Dean

Update on Jesse Dean

Jesse’s problem has been identified as an infection which will be cultured. His pain is under control now. The knee will be drained tomorrow. Jesse is in a semi-private room at North Oaks for now, but hopes to get a private room.

Please pray for Jesse, Majel, other family members, and the medical staff as they care for Jesse.